Paterson calls off some new taxes

March 11, 2009 3:50:47 PM PDT
Gov. David Paterson and legislative leaders have announced that federal stimulus funds will allow them to eliminate proposals to enact or raise a series of taxes and fees covering everything from music downloads to sugar-filled drinks. Paterson joined Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith at an Albany news conference to make the announcement late Wednesday morning.

The state leaders say the funding will allow them to eliminate many of the dozens of taxes and fees in Paterson's mid-December budget proposal. The taxes and fees were supposed to raise more than $1 billion to help close a deficit.


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